Amelia-Fie Cho, Vivian-Khe Wei still in contention
Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho and Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei kept the Malaysian flag flying when they both advanced to the second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open Superseries Premier at the Putra Stadium tonight.
The two pairs won their respective matches and are the only representatives remaining in contention in this year’s Malaysian Open. While the others dropped by the wayside, the two gilrs pairs turned in solid performances today to win their first round matches.
Vivian-Khe Wei rallied back to defeat Thailand’s Puttita Supajirakul-Sapsiree Taerattanachai 17-21, 21-17, 21-16 in 67 minutes earlier in the day. In the evening session, Amelia-Fie Cho gave the home fans much to cheer for when they took 31 minutes to dispose the Dutch pair of Samantha Barning-Iris Tableing 21-13, 21-17.
Vivian-Khe Wei, who had their coach Rosman Razak in their thoughts, are aiming to build on today’s success to continue winning.
“This is our first match here and this is also our first match without Rosman as our coach. It is a good start to our campaign…we want to win for the country, for ourselves and for the coach,” said Vivian.
For the record, Rosman decided not to renew his contract with the Badminton Association of Malaysia.
The Malaysian pair will face second seeds Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark who swept past qualifiers Anggia Shitta Awanda-Mahadewi Istirani of Indonesia 21-18, 21-9.
“We took time to settle down as this is our first match without our coach. But once we got the feel of the atmosphere and the tournament we managed to get the better of our opponents.
“Since this is our tournament we hope to go all the way to win the title although we have a very tough second round match where we are likely to play the Danes. We met them once in the Uber Cup and lost. But we will go in fighting and give our best to go all the way,” said Vivian.